If you're a Sky or NowTV customer, you might want to get your phone ready to make some disgruntled calls: come 1st February, it's very likely that all channels owned by Discovery Communications are going to be axed from your package.
That's 13 channels altogether:
- Animal Planet
- Eurosport 1
- Eurosport 2
- Discovery Shed
- Discovery Home & Health
- Discovery History
- Discovery Science
- Discovery Turbo
Will Sky reduce your bill to reflect this change? Of course not – in fact, the company are set to roll out their far-too-regular price hike within the next couple months instead. If you subscribe to the Documentary package, these Discovery-licenced channels make up a fairly substantial chunk of what's on offer.
The channels are set to disappear due to the fact that Sky and Discovery have been unable to come to an agreement over a new contract. According to Reuters, Sky are paying Discovery less now than they were 10 years ago, yet believe they are paying too much for the services Discovery are providing.
Discovery, on the other hand, has launched a public campaign with hashtag #KeepDiscovery. They state their channels are watched by other 5.5 million people in the UK every week. That's a lot of people who are going to be disappointed if the two companies can't reach a mutual agreement.
Judging by the fact that Sky have made a public statement to its customers on its website about the impending loss of service, it seems very unlikely they're going to accept any deal that Discovery want to make.
As a Sky customer, if you're unhappy about losing 13 channels – and you should be – it's worth giving them a call and voicing your concern. That's what Discovery Channel are asking you to do in their #KeepDiscovery campaign. Come 1st February, if the channels do disappear, it puts Sky contracts into question as losing 13 channels is a substantial and unfair change to paying customers.